All textiles, but I have a real passion for lace. I have a felting machine which I had great plans for and have hardly used it. I still can't do a French knot, much to my annoyance, yet if I try a row of running stitches, I get French knots along the row.
I'm very much into: what would happen if? I'm going to try layers of embroidery soon and burning some of it away.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
Multi media artist. Never done a course. Just read a lot and experimented a lot. I hate sewing by hand but can sit for hours doing free-style embroidery on the sewing machine. I would not say I have textile skills, more like I can't leave textiles alone. I've recently dabbled with encaustic art and am already looking at incorporating textiles into this.
Is there anything else you'd like other members of Stitchin' Fingers to know about you? Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
Nice to meet like minded people to inspire and be inspired. I've been drooling over the photos in here and marvelling at the patience people have. It's really inspiring. If any of you are stuck for a design, I like a challenge and am having a permanent love affair with Photoshop :-)
I like your profile and agree about encaustic art, I had a friend many years ago who was/is a colour therapist and she introduced me to this type of work, I had never seen it before but when I found out how easy it is to apply to fabric, I was hooked!
Heather, thank you for your comments on my Japanese embroideries. The gold flower on red silk is stitched in the tradiitonal methods of Japanese Embroidery. This particular piece is done with Japanese metalic threads, mostly couched down (every 2 mm) using a thin twisted silk thread in red-orange color. Some of the texture is created by using padding in cotton threads in certain areas, then layingsilk thread over the padding, then gold thread over the silk and couching the gold to create a design, like the basketweave effect. None of it is applique....all stitching only. Stitchin fingers is a wonderful website where, as you say, like minded people can exchange photos, ideas and information. You will see so many different types of handiwork at so many levels of skill. It is fascinating and fun. Do you have any photos of your work to upload? We love looking at each others work.